All Things Open 2022
All Things Open is an affordable large open source conference held each year in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference is focused primarily on IT professionals and typically has over 250 presentations. This year marks the conferences 10th year.
ATO, as it’s called, is focused on IT professionals, although the schedule does accommodate those who are interested in non-technical aspects of open source. Most of the technology covered centers around software used by enterprises, as well as sessions covering such nontechnical open source issues as licensing and community.
It’s slick, vendor agnostic, and features a great line-up of speakers with diverse coverage. It’s also inexpensive, costing nowhere near the thousands of dollars that is now the big tent standard at conferences.
Despite its polish and professional (read, business) focus, ATO manages to convey something of a homey feel that’s not unlike the more kicked back atmosphere at bone fide community events such as Scale or Ohio LinuxFest (now simply OLF), that hearken back to the time when there was little business involvement in open source.
At the time this is being written, the schedule for this year’s ATO hasn’t been released, but the event has published a list of featured speakers as a teaser, which includes Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman. He did a trippy fast-paced keynote at ATO about six years back that was amazingly funny, and insightful enough.
While many major events are marking a return to in-person, this year marks ATO’s sophomore post pandemic event. Last year (like this year) it was hybrid, with most if not all presentations livestreamed.
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